Psychiatric Health Care in Latvia in the 1920s and 1930s

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Abstract

After the World War I Latvia proclaimed its independence. Following
the industrialization and urbanization, the attitude towards mental illness
and psychiatry began to change. Previously dominant home and commu-
nity care for mental illness was replaced by medical care in psychiatric
institutions. The request for institutionalized psychiatric care started to
grow rapidly. It was followed by ongoing expansion of inpatient treatment
facilities. Despite the efforts of state, local governments, psychiatrists and
the public to deal with problems in this area, access to psychiatric care
remained difficult throughout the entire period, with the hospitals them-
selves always having too many patients. This was mostly down to poorly
organized social care for psychiatric patients
Translated title of the contributionPsychiatric Health Care in Latvia in the 1920s and 1930s
Original languageLatvian
Pages (from-to)57-89
JournalActa medico-historica Rigensia
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Field of Science*

  • 3.5 Other medical sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.4. Reviewed scientific article published in Latvia or abroad in a scientific journal with an editorial board (including university editions)

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